One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
(of a crime) petty.‘petit larceny’
- ‘He has also been accused of the petit crime of stealing and eating pies from the inn's pantry.’
- ‘The Inner City, Canalgurdle and Jordaan may look innocent, but the "petit" crime rate is here no less than in the center of Paris or London.’
Late Middle English (in the sense ‘small or insignificant’): from Old French, ‘small’; the same word as petty, with retention of the French spelling.
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